This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320021
In September 2015, Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS), the Murcia Regional Healthcare System, launched a living lab pilot that has counted with the participation of 7 eHealth companies in the framework of the Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) project, aimed to challenge European small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) and startups that develop innovative applications and businesses in the eHealth market building upon the available FIWARE technology.
The 7 SMEs selected, presented the most promising and innovative proposals complying with the requirements, receiving direct funding as well as technical training and business coaching, and are testing their solutions in field labs and co-creating with end users.
In order to better provide services, the 7 SMEs were, first of all, matched with their preferred Living Lab city after analysing the needs for a Living lab location (e.g. type of patients, type of healthcare location, preferable country). Then, SMS launched an informal internal call to the different areas of SMS, to present the solutions of the SMEs interested in the Murcia Living Lab, in order to do a matchmaking according to the professional’s needs with a demand approach instead of a technology approach.
The Murcia living lab was launched on 22nd September 2015 and has provided tailored support for the participants, in six development areas: User development, Go-to-Market, Business model, Funding, Technological aspects and Team. This framework has been used to structure the process while still maintain flexibility as all SMEs have different challenges at various moments.
The selected companies were:
Some of the services provided are:
The SMEs have been matched with a mentor based on their needs. The mentor is ‘the hub to knowledge’ for the participant and mentoring activities have been evolving around regular online one to one meetings. During the subsequent meetings, news about the activities and reviews about the Living Labs took place, as well as reminders for webinars and events, making sure that the companies are aware and can participate to them.
The selection of the webinars was based on a need analysis made by mentor of the top SMEs with regards to the most important topics were in which they would like to gain more expertise. The top 5 topics were:
In this area, SMEs have been provided different kind of matchmaking possibilities to the companies, facilitating the matching between SMEs and the Top Companies/Key public players in eHealth sector for Partnership or access to important first buyer, for instance: PHILIPS, IBM Watson, Google.
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